‘Let’s Connect’ locally with mental health

Minister Kathleen Lynch, Mary Guinan Artist, Angela Delaney CNS Link Centre
An art exhibition on mental health was last week launched at the Dunamaise Arts Centre by Minister Kathleen Lynch TD.

An art exhibition on mental health was last week launched at the Dunamaise Arts Centre by Minister Kathleen Lynch TD.

‘Let’s Connect’, presented in association with HSE Laois Offaly Mental Health Services and Laois Connects, provides a unique opportunity to exhibit artwork by people from different backgrounds such as established national and international artists Brian Maguire, Geraldine O’ Reilly, Éilis Crean and Niamh Boyce, alongside artists using Laois Offaly Mental Health Services.

Artwork that helps people feel connected provides the background for this exciting exhibition.

Specialist Angela Delaney explores the significant connections between art and mental health, the power that art can play in shaping ideas and how it provides a strong medium to communicate for people who sometimes struggle to engage with society.

“By coming together as a community we are highlighting the importance of taking care of our mental health, through engaging with each other and encouraging participation in activities in our local community,” said Angela.

The exhibition will run until September 30 and will form part of Laois Mental Health Awareness Week Laois Connects, which takes place this year from September 28 to October 5.